Sandal Castle

West Yorkshire - Wakefield

United Kingdom

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Taking the kids out for the day to Sandal Castle in West Yorkshire - Free Stuff!


01924 249779
Manygates Lane
West Yorkshire
United Kingdom


Sunday 09:00 - 17:30
Monday 09:00 - 17:30
Tuesday 09:00 - 17:30
Wednesday 09:00 - 17:30
Thursday 09:00 - 17:30
Friday 09:00 - 17:30
Saturday 09:00 - 17:30


Parking & Other

Free parking There is free limited parking on site. The car park is open 9.30am – 7.30pm in summer and 3.30pm in winter.
Please check signs on the car park gates for further details.


Bridge closed

Following a report from a structural surveyor this week, we have had to close the main bridge at Sandal Castle.

This is a temporary measure, taken for health and safety reasons, but it will mean that there will be no access to the main parts of the ruins.

The second bridge, leading to the steps to the Keep, was closed earlier this year, again for health and safety reasons.

We have commissioned a structural surveyor to recommend the best way to address the problems, meanwhile we apologise for any inconvenience caused to visitors.
The romantic ruins of this medieval castle stand in a commanding position overlooking the Yorkshire countryside. The castle is famous for the Battle of Wakefield fought nearby in 1460.
  • Battle of Wakefield comic
This motte and bailey castle has been fully excavated and many of the finds can be found in the visitor centre, along with displays on the history of the castle. Visitors can walk around the site, enjoy steps into the moats and up to the top of the motte where they are treated to superb views of the Calder Valley. Admission is free. Picnickers and dog walkers are welcome. The visitor centre includes a shop which stocks a range of books and gifts, as well as hot and cold drinks. Events and activities take place each year, with further details available on our Facebook page and Experience Wakefield.

The castle is in a residential area so please do not park outside the castle gates or blocking driveways.

Coaches are requested to drop off and park at nearby Pugney's Country Park. (To contact Pugney's Country Park please phone 01924 302360).

Tours of the remains

Tours are run by castle staff and are an introduction to the ruins and the rich history of the castle.  Tours are available Saturday and Sunday between 1 June and 31 August, at 2pm. The tour costs £2.25 for adults and £1.12 for children. Group tours can be arranged in advance for £21 per tour (maximum 20 people). Please note that the tour involves steep steps. Sensible footwear is advisable. During busy periods tours can become full so please check before travelling.

Activity fun

Have fun learning at Sandal Castle! Download a family activity booklet before you visit to find out even more about the Castle's history.  Baby changing facilities and toilets are available during visitor centre opening times.
  • Sandal Castle history and map

​Opening Hours​​

Sandal Castle grounds are open to the public all year round.  Sandal Castle visitor centre has now closed for the winter. However the site remains fully open to visitors as usual and we hope you will continue to support it.


Bus routes: from Wakefield bus station 59, 96, 97, 110, 195 (the castle is from a 10 minute walk from the bus stop)

By train there is an hourly service from Wakefield Westgate station to Sandal and Agbrigg Station (the castle is a 20 minute walk from the station).